“Know the rules of the game,” Jim said. “I know the rules so thoroughly, know where we can gain an edge”
And Harbaugh didn’t just receive praise from his brother; Florida Coach Jim McElwain, who it could be argued had a lot to lose by the Wolverine’s presence in the Sunshine State, praised Harbaugh for his outside-the-box thinking.
“I kind of look it as more power to him,” McElwain said Tuesday. “It’s totally legal. He’s not doing anything that’s illegal. He’s pressing the envelopes. He’s putting their name in the paper every day. And, you know, that’s cool. I mean, I’d come to Florida, too.”
- “I think he’s nuts. He loves to stir the pot. He’ll have a very short shelf life — but he’s a very good football guy. I will be interested to see how he does there.” – Pac-12 coach.
- “I’ve heard he’s really idiosyncratic. He seems almost Rain Man-ish.” – Big Ten assistant coach.
- “Too many people in today’s world love to voice opinions and beliefs when convenient. Few represent who they are and what they believe daily.” – University of Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema.
Those colorful descriptors probably allude more to Harbaugh’s propensity for antics like climbing trees, baking state-shaped cakes and attending slumber parties, all in the service of landing recruits, than decisions about spring practice location. Either way, certainly has turned the recruiting game on its head.